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Our Guide to Al Fresco Dining in South Devon

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While the restrictions for outdoor eating have lifted, with the warmer weather rolling in and a potential shift in the appetite for indoor restaurants, we wanted to outline our favourite al fresco dining spots, so you can soak up the taste of the South West outdoors.


Wesup, Torquay

Wesup is Torquay’s new best kept secret! This trendy new bar overlooking the harbour is the place to be for a Sunday session. With a DJ, the owner’s adorable dog patrolling the bar and a skilled mixologist serving cocktails, this ‘instagrammable’ new venue provides the best views and is a warming sun trap.


Source: Cantina Instagram

Cantina is a must if you want a meal by Goodrington beach .This family restaurant has a generous outdoor space with a myriad of picnic benches, often hosting pop up’s and activations through the summer be it booze wagons, live music or ice-cream. Enjoy one of their sumptuous specials, home-cooked pizzas or their extremely popular sunday roasts, while soaking up the seaside excitement.

Riverford Field Kitchen

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If seasonal, field to fork dining sounds up your street, Riverford Field Kitchen is an outstanding dining experience, from the food, service and the beautiful surroundings. Their garden terrace invites you to enjoy the farm ambience, while staying dry in unpredictable British weather. Expect seasonal menus featuring artistic and inventive dishes that will leave you with a full tummy and happy heart!

The River Shack

The River Shack, Stoke Gabriel

The River Shack is an idyllic café situated on the millpond, just off the River Dart in Stoke Gabriel. This is a peaceful spot to enjoy a morning coffee and homemade cake, or reserve a spot for dinner and enjoy one of their fantastic burgers (the chorizo jam filling is a big yes from us). With a log burner, pizza oven and crepe maker, there is something for the whole family, be it after a village walk or day of crabbing!

Guardhouse Café

Berry Head, Brixham

Perched on Berry Head, a renowned dolphin watching spot in the bay, you can combine visiting the Guardhouse café with a coastal walk around the headland. Enjoy the panoramic coastal views, dog-friendly owners and a no-fuss but tasty full English breakfast to start your day in the best way!

The Ferry Inn

Source: The Ferry Inn Instagram

Salcombe is the most sought after South Devon spot, in an area of Outstanding Area of Natural Beauty with a gorgeous estuary. The Ferry Inn is a pub and restaurant perched on the estuary, with a picturesque marquee and unrivaled views. As pub gardens go, they don’t get better than this. Watch the sunset from the terrace while tucking into a fresh ship and chips with a local pint or G&T. Bliss!

If these al fresco spots have tempted you into a Devon staycation, take a look at our contemporary coastal accommodation options in Torquay and Plymouth. Our apartments are self-catered, pet-friendly and boast marvelous sea views, so check them out and get in touch if you have any questions!


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